ELAME WINS FIRST MATCH OF YEAR IN UMES LOSS AT COPPIN ST.
April 14, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. – Junior Wirlen Elame (Silver Spring, Md.) won his first match of the year at No. 1 singles, but it was not enough as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s tennis team was defeated 6-1 at Coppin State on Saturday. The Hawks were swept in the other three men’s matches, along with both of those in the doubles portion. Although the two schools are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the match was not played as a conference bout.
UMES (0-12) was led in the match to Coppin State (7-8) by Elame. The Hawks saw junior Kijontray McClay (San Diego, Calif.) fall by consecutive 6-0 decisions at No.2, before junior Joseph Journey (Detroit, Mich.) lost by the same score at No. 3. Sophomore Christopher Charles (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was blanked at the final singles portion. Elame and McClay were defeated 8-0 at No. 1 doubles and Journey and Charles lost by an 8-0 decision as well.
The match was the final tune-up for the squad before they compete in the MEAC Tournament in Raleigh, N.C., beginning on April 19.